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November 16, 2009 - 9:33pm
I just finished an excellent book called The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army. I believe that the experience of the generals profiled in this book can teach us in academia a great deal about how the culture of large and tradition bound institutions can be transformed.
November 16, 2009 - 3:18pm
And now, for something completely different . . .Ironically, this just in on the Green Schools listserv (co-curricular life competency development meets the good kind of job training/vocational skills workshop -- remember the inclusion of "build a wall" in Heinlein's list):
November 16, 2009 - 3:14pm
A commenter on a previous post accused me (on what evidence, I can't discern) of wanting to turn all of higher education into "job training and vocational skills workshops." Would only that I did -- I could have saved all that money I spent sending three kids through private liberal arts colleges (albeit with the help of generous financial aid).
November 15, 2009 - 10:01pm
Last week I had a chance to speak with some local employers who occasionally hire our graduates. They were gracious and supportive, but when asked about our grads' primary deficiency, the feedback was quick and uniform: speaking skills.
November 15, 2009 - 9:51pm
Twitter is changing how I keep up with the educational technology world. I'm moving from relying on an RSS reader (I use Google Reader) to relying on Twitter subscriptions and hashtags. For the first time I'm wondering if Google should be worried about their core business model, as if my experience is any guide on how we use the Web to understand the world, may be moving away from search and more towards microblogging Twitter clients (I use Twhirl by Seesmic).
November 15, 2009 - 5:46pm
If you’re reading this Monday morning, the strike at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign has begun, and I’m out taking a look at how the picketing is going outside the buildings where I usually teach.
November 15, 2009 - 5:38pm
The undergraduate institution I attended went co-ed the year I matriculated. It had previously been an all-women’s college, the sister school to a nearby men’s university that began admitting women the same year.
November 15, 2009 - 5:30pm
It's getting cold at night around Backboro. The stock tanks have a quarter inch of hard ice on them in the morning. The feed buckets get kicked farther into the pastures because their rolling resistance, like that of the ground itself, has been decreased. It's time to put the snow fences up and the tank heaters in. Time to double-check the fencing so that (with luck) no repairs will be needed through the winter. Time to raise the gates up a notch higher to clear the anticipated snowpack. Time to tarp the woodpile, which has been seasoning since spring.
November 13, 2009 - 2:24pm
I wasn't listening to music on the way to Greenback this morning, but I should have been. I should have been listening to Tanglefoot's tale of "When Dad and Uncle Archie Lost the Farm" (lyrics here, about two-thirds of the way down the page). It tells of what happens when a long-time-successful small operation gets seduced by the prospect of easy money through financial leverage. Kind of like Wall Street, but on a much more human scale.
November 12, 2009 - 10:58pm
A regular correspondent whose chief academic officer abruptly stepped down writes:


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